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  WTA Apr 14-20: Kuala Lumpur       entries: Fed Cup - Stuttgart & Marrakech - Oeiras - Madrid - Rome - Stras. & Nurem. - French Open     • Top 20 (Apr 14)   • 2014 WTA Sched

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n10 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n46 Shuai Zhang CHN
n67 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n81 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT
n83 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN
n93 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n95 Donna Vekic CRO
n112 Ayumi Morita JPN
n118 Timea Babos HUN
n121 Magda Linette POL
n126 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE
n127 An-Sophie Mestach BEL
Kuala Lumpur:

#10 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Kuala Lumpur:

#95 Donna Vekic
5'10" 141lb RH 2H-BH
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    On Sunday at Kuala Lumpur, in the final of the BMW Malaysia Open, the 2013 finalist at Birmingham, 17 year old 7th seeded #95 (career high: #62) Donna Vekic from Osijek, Croatia, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 Acapulco champion (and Australian Open finalist), 24 year old top seeded #10 (career high: #10) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4) (Dominika is shown during the match; Donna is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Donna's prize is $43,000; Dominika's prize is $21,400.

    Donna took a 5-1 lead in the 3rd set—then Domi won the next four games to level the score.

    Donna said: "It was a very tough match. [Dominika] played very well throughout the whole match. I was up 5-1 in the third set and she came back out playing insane. So I'm happy I was able to get through in the end." WTA story

    Dominika said: "[Donna] played really well today. In the second set I was really close to winning, but she played really well, really strong, and it was just about a few balls out there, really. It was really close. It was such a good match."

    Donna and Dominika had met only once before, last month on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 2nd round at Indian Wells, when Dominika defeated Donna 6-3, 6-2.

    Donna is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals, and has a 11-7 singles match record in 2014.
    Dominika is now 4-7 in WTA singles finals, and has a 24-9 singles match record this season.

    Final photos are up: The tennis.quickfound.net Kuala Lumpur tourney page holds 16 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 12 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

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s=seed, #=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Kuala Lumpur, Final, Sun 6pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n95 s7 Donna Vekic CRO d n10 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4)
Kuala Lumpur, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s1 Hao-Ching Chan & Timea Babos d Yung-Jan Chan & Saisai Zheng 6-3, 6-4

Kuala Lumpur, Withdrawals
n32 Venus Williams USA illness
n106 Jovana Jaksic SRB
n107 Luksika Kumkhum THA
n113 Andrea Hlavackova CZE
n143 Vera Dushevina RUS right elbow injury
n424 sr Melinda Czink HUN low back injury

  WTA Apr 19-20 2014 Fed Cup SFs

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Italy 0 at Czech Republic 4
Germany 3 at Australia 1

World Group Playoffs:
Argentina 0 at Russia 4
Slovakia 0 at Canada 3
France 3 at USA 2
Poland 3 at Spain 2

World Group II Playoffs:
Serbia 1 at Romania 4
Japan 2 at Netherlands 3
Thailand 0 at Sweden 4
Switzerland 3 at Brazil 1

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    On Sunday at Brisbane, in the semifinals of the 2014 Fed Cup World Group competition, this year's finalist at Doha (and the 2013 Linz champion), 26 year old #7 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2013 champ at Osaka and Carlsbad (and the 2011 US Open champion), 30 year old #19 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

    The win put Germany ahead of Australia 3-0 in the best of five, clinching a place for the Germans in November's Fed Cup final.

    Angelique said: "It feels very great. I played a good match but it was a tough one because Sam was playing also very tough and I have never beaten her before. It just means a lot; it’s a special moment for all of us." ITF story

    The 4th singles rubber was not played. Australia won the dead doubles rubber, making the final score Germany 3, Australia 1.

    Meanwhile, at Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 2013 champion at Tokyo and Dubai (and the 2011 Wimbledon champion), 24 year old #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2013 Katowice champion, 31 year old #20 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, 6-3, 7-5.

    The match win clinched the semifinal victory for the Czechs, 3-0.

    Petra said: "It was a very tough match for me against Roberta, who is a very different player to Camila [Giorgi]. She returned very well and my serve didn't help me as much as yesterday. It was difficult for me but I won the important points." ITF story

    The 4th singles rubber was not played. The Czechs also won the dead doubles rubber, making the final score Czech Republic 4, Italy 0.

    Czech Republic will host Germany for the Fed Cup final, November 8-9. The Czechs were also finalists in 2013; it will be Germany's first Fed Cup final in 22 years.

    In the World Group playoffs on April 19-20, WG R1 losers competed along with World Group II winners. USA lost to France, Slovakia lost at Canada, Russia won at Argentina, and Spain lost at Poland. Winners of the World Group playoffs will play in the World Group in 2015 (actually competing for the Fed Cup); losers will play in World Group II (competing to get into the World Group in 2016).

    USA lost to France in a World Group play-off at Chaifetz Arena, on the campus of Saint Louis University. #17 Sloane Stephens, #42 Madison Keys, #48 Varvara Lepchenko and #59 Christina McHale faced a French team of #21 Alize Cornet, #51 Caroline Garcia, #78 Virginie Razzano and #87 Kristina Mladenovic.

At St. Louis:
n51 Caroline Garcia FRA d n17 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-2
n42 Madison Keys USA d n21 Alize Cornet FRA 6(4)-7, 7-6(4), 6-3
n17 Sloane Stephens USA d #78 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-2, 6-4
n51 Caroline Garcia FRA d n42 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 6-3
Caroline Garcia & Virginie Razzano d Madison Keys & Sloane Stephens 6-2, 7-5
FRA 3, USA 2

2015 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Australia, Russia, France, Canada, Poland.
2015 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Argentina, Slovakia, Spain, Romania, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Fed Cup World Group Semifinals:

n=rank, *=upset, d=doubles rank         ranks are for the current week
Germany 3 at Australia 1   Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane | Hard, Outdoor

Saturday, Apr 20 0200hrs GMT
1 n28 Andrea Petkovic GER d n19 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-1, 7-6(7)
2 n7 Angelique Kerber GER d n53 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-0

Sunday, Apr 21 0245hrs GMT
3 n7 Angelique Kerber GER d n19 Samantha Stosur AUS 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
4 not played
5 d17 Ashleigh Barty & d18 Casey Dellacqua AUS
    d d13 Anna-Lena Groenefeld & d30 Julia Goerges 6-2, 6(5)-7, (10-2)

Italy 0 at Czech Rep 4   CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic | Hard, Indoor

Saturday, Apr 19 1100hrs GMT
1 *n26 Lucie Safarova CZE d n11 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-1
2 n6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n54 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 6-2

Sunday, Apr 20 1000hrs GMT
3 n6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n20 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-5
4 not played
5 d12 Andrea Hlavackova & d34 Klara Koukalova CZE
    d d263 Karin Knapp & dNR Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 5-7, (11-9)

  WTA Apr 21-27: Stuttgart & Marrakech

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n2 Na Li, n3 A Radwanska
n5 S Halep, n6 P Kvitova

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
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n30 D Hantuchova, n36 E Svitolina
n37 Y Meusburger, n39 B Jovanovski

    The main draws have been posted for Stuttgart & Marrakech. The links are above. and the matchups are below.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stuttgart & Marrakech

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Stuttgart, 1st Rd Mon-Wed noon
losers' prize: $6,290; points: 1
n8 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB v n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n9 s6 Maria Sharapova RUS v n26 Lucie Safarova CZE
n10 s7 Dominika Cibulkova SVK v n14 Sabine Lisicki GER
n11 s8 Sara Errani ITA v n31 Klara Koukalova CZE
n13 Flavia Pennetta ITA v n28 Andrea Petkovic GER
n15 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n23 Kaia Kanepi EST Mon cC m3 8pm+
n16 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n22 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n20 Roberta Vinci ITA v q
n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS v q
n27 Sorana Cirstea ROU v n94 wc Julia Goerges GER
n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova v q
n101 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS v q
Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Thu noon
losers' prize: $9,900; points: 55
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n20 Vinci OR q
n5 s2 Simona Halep ROU v n29 Kuznetsova OR q
n6 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE v n101 Kleybanova OR q
n7 s4 Angelique Kerber GER v n16 Suarez Navarro OR n22 Makarova
n8 Jankovic OR n12 Ivanovic v n13 Pennetta OR n28 Petkovic
n9 Sharapova OR n26 Safarova v n25 Pavlyuchenkova OR q
n10 Cibulkova OR n14 Lisicki v n27 Cirstea OR n94 Goerges
n11 Errani OR n31 Koukalova v n15 Wozniacki OR n23 Kanepi
Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $18,460; points: 100
Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 2pm
losers' prize: $34,350; points: 185
Stuttgart, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $64,000; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 (AND a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet) points: 470
Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 21 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $850 1pt; q2 $1,500 13pts; q3 $2,850 18pts; qualifier 25 points
n49 Annika Beck GER v n287 Katerina Vankova CZE cC m1 1pm
n72 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO v n85 Mona Barthel GER cC m2
n117 Konta GBR OR n345 Zaja GER v n221 Gioia Barbieri ITA c1 m2
n167 Katerina Siniakova CZE v n210 Diana Marcinkevica LAT c1 m1 1230pm

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
n2 Na Li CHN
n24 Kirsten Flipkens BEL
Marrakech, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n30 s1 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK v q
n36 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR v n81 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT
n37 s3 Yvonne Meusburger AUT v n80 Petra Cetkovska CZE Mon cC m3
n39 s4 Bojana Jovanovski SRB v n69 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP
n41 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n96 Julia Glushko ISR
n44 s6 Shuai Peng CHN v n135 wc Ons Jabeur TUN
n45 s7 Shuai Zhang CHN v n67 Polona Hercog SLO
n47 s8 Francesca Schiavone ITA v q
n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA v n108 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP
n73 Urszula Radwanska POL v q
n74 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP v n118 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS Mon cC m2
n76 Alexandra Cadantu ROU v n86 Alison van Uytvanck BEL
n77 Stefanie Voegele SUI v n107 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP
n90 Shahar Peer ISR v n109 Petra Martic CRO Mon c1 m2
n100 Romina Oprandi SUI v n132 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU
q v n763 wc Rita Atik MAR
Marrakech, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n30 Hantuchova OR q v n74 Domínguez Lino OR n118 Kudryavtseva
n36 Svitolina OR n81 Mayr-Achleitner v n90 Peer OR n109 Martic
n37 Meusburger OR n80 Cetkovska v n70 Scheepers OR n108 Cabeza Candela
n39 Jovanovski OR n69 Torro-Flor v n73 U Radwanska OR q
n41 Muguruza OR n96 Glushko v n77 Voegele OR n107 Soler Espinosa
n44 Peng OR n135 Jabeur v q OR n763 Atik
n45 Zhang OR n67 Hercog v n76 Cadantu OR n86 van Uytvanck
n47 Schiavone OR q v n100 Oprandi OR n132 Dulgheru
Marrakech, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Marrakech, SFs, Sat 12:30pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Marrakech, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Marrakech, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Marrakech, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 21 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points
n133 Maryna Zanevska UKR v n260 Daniela Seguel CHI c1 m1 11am
n153 Lara Arruabarrena ESP v n322 Constance Sibille FRA c2 m2
n176 Renata Voracova CZE v n293 Ysaline Bonaventure BEL c2 m1 noon
n223 Anastasia Grymalska ITA v n248 Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP cC m1 11am

Marrakech, Withdrawals
n46 Alison Riske USA
n57 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE
n64 Laura Robson GBR
n582 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS

  WTA Apr 7-13: Bogota & Katowice


#71 Caroline Garcia
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH

#23 Alizé Cornet
5' 8" 132lb RH 2H-BH

Claro Open Colsanitas, Bogota, COL INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: r clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y!: news | WTA

BNP Paribas Katowice Open, POL INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA Q - main - D | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

    On Sunday in Poland, in the final of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, the 2014 finalist at Dubai (and 2013 champ at Strasbourg), 24 year old 4th seeded #23 (career high: #11) Alizé Cornet from Nice, France, defeated 20 year old #67 (career high: #67) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5 (Alize is shown holding the hardware after the match). Alize's prize is $43,000; Camila's prize is $21,400.

    Meanwhile at Bogota, in the final of the Claro Open Colsanitas, 20 year old 5th seeded #71 (career high: #70) Caroline Garcia from Lyon, France, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2013 Bogota champion, 29 year old top seeded #8 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), 6-3, 6-4 (Caroline is shown holding the glassware after the match). Caroline's prize is $43,000; Jelena's prize is $21,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net Bogota & Katowice tourney page holds 31 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 23 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Mar 31-Apr 6: Charleston & Monterrey


#13 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH

#37 Andrea Petkovic
5' 11" 152lb RH 2H-BH

Family Circle Cup, Charleston, SC PREMIER 700 $710,000 56m/32q/16d outdoor: green clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! - WTA

Monterrey Open, Monterrey, MEX INTL $500,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Charleston, in the final of the Family Circle Cup, the 2011 champion at Strasbourg, 26 year old 14th seeded #37 (career high: #9) Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt, Germany, defeated 20 year old #76 (career high: #61) Jana Cepelova from Kosice, Slovakia, 7-5, 6-2 (Andrea is shown making friends with the glassware after the match). Andrea's prize is $120,000, Jana's prize is $64,000.

    On Sunday in Mexico, in the final of the Abierto Monterrey, the 2014 champ at Auckland (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 2nd seeded #13 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), defeated her compatriot, 20 year old #133 Jovana Jaksic from Belgrade, Serbia, 6-2, 6-1 (Ana is also shown with the glassware after the match). Ana's prize is $111,389; Jovana's prize is $55,435.

    The tennis.quickfound.net Charleston & Monterrey tourney page holds 37 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 10 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open


#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
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      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Aug 26-Sept 8: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#2 Victoria Azarenka
6'0" 145lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

US Open Flushing Meadows, NY Grand Slam $ prize money 128 players | outdoor: hard
Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD | Women: qualif - singles - doub | Men: qualif - singles - doub
pics: T.com - Y!: images - news - sports | ESPN - CBS - WTA

         On Sunday in New York, in the final of the 2013 US Open, the 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 US Open champ, 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won again, defeating last year's US Open finalist, 24 year old 2nd seeded #2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 7-5, 6(6)-7, 6-1 (Victoria is shown during the match; Serena is shown hugging the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $3,600,000 (including a $1 million bonus for finishing 1st in the US Open Series of tourneys); Victoria's prize is $1,550,000 (including a $250K bonus for 2nd place in the USO Series.)

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2013 US Open tourney page holds 104 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 40 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 24-July 7: Wimbledon


#23 Sabine Lisicki
5' 10" 154lb RH 2H-BH

#15 Marion Bartoli
5'6¾" 139lb RH 2H-FH&BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at Wimbledon, in the finals of The Championships, the 2007 tourney finalist (and 2011 champ at Eastbourne), 28 year old 15th seeded #15 (career high: #7) Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, SUI), defeated the 2011 champ at Birmingham and Dallas, 23 year old 23rd seeded #23 (career high #13) Sabine Lisicki of Germany (residence: Bradenton, FL), 6-1, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Marion's prize is £1,600,000 (about $2,123,641); Sabine's prize is £800,000 (about $1,061,821).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Wimbledon 2013 tourney page holds 131 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 32 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 26-Jun 9   French Open

Roland Garros:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2013 French Open, the 2002 French Open champ, 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2012 French Open champ, 26 year old #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-4, 6-4 (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is €1,500,000 (about $1,949,000 US); Maria's prize is €755,000 (about $981,000 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net French Open tourney page holds 156 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 53 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
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  Tennis History:

"The 700-year-old French game of tennis, traditionally as much a lady's as a man's game, was introduced to the U.S. in 1874 by a woman, Mary E. Outerbridge..."
See more from this Sept. 9, 1946, TIME Magazine cover story on women's tennis and 1946 Wimbledon and Forest Hills champ Pauline Betz now on the Tennis Articles page.

TIME Magazine, May 23, 1955:
    In her first column, the San Diego Union's new Women's Sports Editor Maureen ("Little Mo") Connolly, retired as the world's greatest lady tennis star at a ripe old 21, showed that sports punditry is as easy for her as smashing a tennis ball down an opponents throat.
    Lamented Little Mo in great pontifical style: "[On] the American scene today ... we're reducing sports to a cluster of numbers on a board ... We ... are expecting our champions to be stadium automatons, the human equivalents of the balls in a super pinball machine ... We're watching for the numbers to light up and forgetting the play."

TIME articles:
    Maureen Connolly's 1st US Open & Wimbledon titles

Book Excerpt:
    The Courts of Babylon: Dawn of the Pro Tennis Tours
more tennis history book excerpts in the nav menu (top of page)

WTA Top 20 Rankings 1989-2010

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Lawn Tennis 1873-1938

Pictorial History of Tennis 16-page .pdf

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club site still has some good Wimbledon history pages.

The USOpen.org History has stats and year-by-year finals descriptions since 1968 (but nothing about the Forest Hills and Newport Casino US Nationals before the "Open era").

  Free Online Tennis Books:

Lawn Tennis 1908 with a chapter by Blanche Bingley Hillyard
Lawn Tennis for Ladies 1910 by Dorothea K. D. Lambert Chambers
Tennis for Women 1916 by Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
Lawn Tennis for Girls 1920 by Suzanne Lenglen
Lawn Tennis 1886 by James Dwight
Game of Lawn Tennis 1888 by "Cavendish" of The Field

  Tennis Website Search:

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    Apologies for the typographical errors on this page occasionally. These cut-and-paste errors result when faulty brain wiring impairs one person trying to keep up a large website. I try to keep errors to a minimum, but some always creep in.

  News Briefs:

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (March 5, 2010) The WTA has posted a new page showing "all-time" (which means since 1989!) and current year's service speed leaders. However, a note at the bottom of the page shows that the data, is only from show courts at a fraction of the tourneys (12 events this year).
    The actual all-time WTA service speed record is 130 miles per hour, set by then 35-year-old Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in the 1st round of qualifying at Cincinnati in 2006. The WTA should not list "all-time" service speed leaders without making this perfectly clear.

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

click for SI-SE Daniela
Daniela Hantuchova
click for SI-SE Tatiana
Tatiana Golovin
click for SI-SE Maria
Maria Kirilenko

click for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Online
      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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